Robert Ball RE, RBSA, ARCA (Lond) (1918-2008) was a well-known printmaker in etching, engraving, lithography, mezzotint and aquatint, and a painter in oil and watercolour. He was born in Birmingham, and studied at Birmingham Junior School of Art in Moseley Road 1930-33, at Birmingham College of Art 1933-40, and after winning a scholarship at the Royal College of Art 1941-42 then based in Westmorland. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1939-53 and again from 1976-85, and also with the New English Art Club, the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, to which body he was elected a member 1949. Robert Ball’s work is represented in several public collections including The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Ashmolean Oxford, Birmingham City Art Gallery, and Cheltenham, Gloucester and Hereford Art Galleries. He held several art teaching posts in Gloucestershire from 1951-1981 and lived there for many years in Stroud, moving later to nearby Painswick.

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